A juvenile in Iowa is accused of horrific animal cruelty involving a dog and a young kitten. According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, the unnamed juvenile disemboweled a dog who was still alive when discovered by ARL officials. In a news release, the animal welfare agency stated:
At approximately 3:30 a.m. ARL Animal Services Officers were dispatched to assist Des Moines Police with an adult dog who had been disemboweled, but was still alive. Due to the dog’s suffering and the horrific nature of its injuries, the dog was immediately euthanized by ARL officials.
Officials responded to the same address later about a deceased kitten. The agency writes:
Later that morning at approximately 10 a.m. ARL Animal Services Officers were dispatched related to the traumatic death of an 8 week-old kitten on the same property.
Necropsies were performed on the dog and cat and the findings have been provided to the authorities to aid in their investigation and case. The juvenile suspect in this case is being charged with 2 counts of animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor, among other charges in adult court.
“We applaud the Des Moines Police Department for their work in appropriately pursuing the most serious charges possible for this case,” said ARL CEO Tom Colvin. He added:
“The link between those who abuse animals and abuse people is widely documented and this horrific case illustrates how a misdemeanor as the maximum penalty for what happened to these animals is terribly inadequate.”
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